Nathan Simmons's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AiPT! Reviews: 90
8.5Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1

Feb 12, 2019

Aside from a few issues following the narrative, I had a great time reading this book. Fans of the two lead characters should be very pleased with how this mash-up kicks off!

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5.5
Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #2

Mar 19, 2019

Your mileage may vary, but this issue didn't feel like it elaborated on the first one in any meaningful way. Much of this issue seems preoccupied with the fact that Bruce Campbell played both of these characters, rather than telling a full, coherent story.

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9.0
Astro Hustle #1

Mar 5, 2019

This is a hell of a first issue. The hustle is real, and I'm happy to be along for the ride!

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3.0
Barbarella (2017): Holiday Special #1

Dec 3, 2018

Not silly enough to work as a Barbarella issue nor sugary enough to work as a holiday special, this is for completists only.

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8.5
Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #1

Jan 8, 2019

This is a great representation of both of the title characters and a really fun place for newcomers to start!

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8.0
Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #2

Feb 20, 2019

This team-up continues to be a lot of fun, introducing takes on the lead characters that feel fresh and fun, yet true to their individual series.

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9.0
Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #3

Apr 30, 2019

The character moments in this issue alone make this one worth a read. The twists at the end mean that this miniseries may have longer-lasting effects on our heroes than we were led to believe.

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9.5
Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #4

Jun 18, 2019

This final issue is somber and reflective, while still maintaining the flirty dialogue and sense of wonder that has made this series such a pleasure to read. More, please.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #29

Nov 28, 2018

The conclusion to the first arc from Batgirl's new creative team proves that Babs is in good hands.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #30

Dec 26, 2018

A strong start to a new story arc that many readers may find hits close to home.

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6.5
Batgirl (2016) #31

Jan 30, 2019

Also, Scott continues to absolutely nail Barbara's voice and inner monologue. Babs is definitely less fun these days, but it's clear that it's due to Barbara's circumstances and not from a complete shift in personality. I really appreciate the authenticity of it all.

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6.0
Batgirl (2016) #32

Feb 27, 2019

This issue feels like filler. However, Batgirl is still written like a total badass, despite how lame Cormorant is.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #33

Mar 27, 2019

This issue tells a difficult story that doesn't have a clear resolution and doesn't paint its heroine in the best light. As in all of the best Batgirl stories, the focus here is on Barbara's internal struggle between her personal life and her dedication to heroism.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #34

Apr 24, 2019

This is a strong start to a new arc that introduces readers to a new take on some classic villains.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #35

May 22, 2019

This story arc features everything that's so compelling about Batgirl as a character, while also using her supporting cast in interesting ways. The ending of this issue should get you very pumped for next month!

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10
Batgirl (2016) #36

Jul 3, 2019

Exciting and emotionally resonant, Mairghread Scott's final issue of Batgirl sticks the landing in more ways than one.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #37

Jul 24, 2019

Batgirl's new creative team hits the ground running with a solid Year of the Villain tie-in that will have you afraid of Killer Moth for the first time.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #38

Aug 28, 2019

This issue ratchets up the danger from last month while also giving Barbara and her supporting cast a chance to shine.

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10
Batman: Universe #1

Jul 10, 2019

This first issue kicks off an intriguing mystery involving some of Batman's greatest foes. It's also the perfect issue to grab for someone who needs a gateway into Batman without tons of backstory.

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7.0
DC's Nuclear Winter Special #1

Nov 28, 2018

While not perfect, this anthology delivers just the right amount of superheroic warm fuzzies that fans have come to expect from DC's holiday specials.

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6.5
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla #1

Oct 31, 2018

A fun Nightwing story that manages to find a poignant way of tying in Magilla Gorilla and his cast of characters.

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10
Dick Tracy Forever #1

Apr 23, 2019

If this first issue is any indication, Oeming and Tracy are a match made in Heaven.

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10
Dick Tracy Forever #3

Jun 25, 2019

In its third issue, 'Dick Tracy Forever' clearly shows why the modern age needs the spirit and determination of Dick Tracy more than ever.

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7.5
Dick Tracy Forever #4

Aug 6, 2019

'Dick Tracy Forever' brings the old school cop punching and kicking into the future in a twisting case that reminds us why he's the best.

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7.5
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1

Nov 19, 2018

This series is shaping up to be a fun addition to the current season of the show that may develop its characters in new ways.

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7.0
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #2

Dec 4, 2018

This second issue continues a fun and faithful adaptation of the best aspects of the current Doctor's adventures! However, I do hope the sonic screwdriver isn't always used in the way it is in this issue.

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10
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #1

Jun 24, 2019

This was a fantastic start to a new series that promises equal doses of superpowers and super-pathos. Long live the Doom Patrol and long live Young Animal!

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4.5
Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever #1

Nov 14, 2018

Worth a look for die-hard fans, but even they may find themselves underwhelmed.

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5.0
Electric Warriors #1

Nov 14, 2018

The human interactions and design aspects of this first issue succeed where the high-concept dialogue and world-building falters.

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10
Giant Man (2019) #2

May 29, 2019

Fun, accessible, badass, and heartfelt " this is how an event tie-in book should be done!

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8.5
Giant Man (2019) #3

Jun 12, 2019

This tie-in miniseries has been a fun and heartfelt trip from start to finish. Highly recommended for dads, daughters, Frost Giants, and everyone in between!

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7.0
Glow (2019) #1

Mar 26, 2019

The manic energy and charm of the Netflix series is both captured and heightened by this fun first issue.

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6.0
Glow (2019) #2

Jun 11, 2019

Even though this issue was a little underwhelming, there's still a lot of potential here for the series to stick the landing. It's still a mostly fun chance to spend some time with these characters while waiting for the third season to launch.

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9.5
IDW 20/20: Jem and the Holograms #1

Jan 22, 2019

If this is the last hurrah for IDW's take on Jem and the gang, then these gals are going out on a high note.

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8.5
James Bond 007 (2018) #1

Nov 6, 2018

A quick, ruthless first issue that sets up some intriguing story possibilities.

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9.0
James Bond 007 (2018) #2

Dec 18, 2018

This second issue builds upon what worked in the first installment and improves upon it in surprising ways.

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10
James Bond 007 (2018) #3

Jan 30, 2019

'James Bond 007' continues to be one of my favorite books on the shelf. It looks like things are about to get even wilder, so do yourself a favor and pick up this and the first two issues. You won't regret it!

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9.5
James Bond 007 (2018) #4

Feb 20, 2019

Greg Pak's Oddjob epic continues to unfold in fun, twisty ways.

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10
James Bond 007 (2018) #5

Mar 19, 2019

I can't gush enough about this series. Please pick this issue up before its latest plot developments are spoiled for you, especially if you're a Bond devotee.

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8.5
James Bond 007 (2018) #6

Apr 16, 2019

Greg Pak's Oddjob epic barrels along with fantastic action and some wild twists worthy of classic spy fiction.

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10
James Bond 007 (2018) #7

May 14, 2019

Greg Pak's wild remix of 'Goldfinger' continues to surprise in this fun and flirty issue. For fans of the film and literary versions of James Bond, this comic is the best of both worlds.

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10
James Bond 007 (2018) #8

Jun 18, 2019

This series continues to gleefully defy expectations at every turn. For Bond fans, it just doesn't get any better than this.

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9.5
James Bond 007 (2018) #9

Jul 17, 2019

This was a thrilling exploration of Bond and Moneypenny's relationship, as well as everything you'd want in a cool heist story.

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9.0
James Bond 007 (2018) #10

Aug 20, 2019

Bond is all smiles throughout the issue, showing us some of his restored confidence. It's been a rough ride for our favorite spy, with the ride sometimes being entirely out of his control. However, the stage has been set for a final confrontation with Goldfinger. It just remains to be seen which of our heroes will be left standing when it's all over.

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9.0
James Bond: Origin #3

Nov 14, 2018

The series' first multi-part story is off to a tense and exciting start!

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8.0
James Bond: Origin #4

Dec 12, 2018

This was an exciting installment that more than made up for the abrupt ending of last month's issue.

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7.0
James Bond: Origin #5

Jan 15, 2019

Curious pacing aside, this was another fun issue that sets the stage for where the series will head next.

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9.5
James Bond: Origin #6

Feb 12, 2019

This issue hits upon the perfect balance of exciting historical fiction and classic Bond storytelling.

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9.5
James Bond: Origin #7

Mar 12, 2019

Ibrahim Moustafa's pencils elevate the most exciting issue of 'Origin' yet!

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9.0
James Bond: Origin #8

Apr 9, 2019

This issue juggles the "origin" aspects and Bond's present mission better than any issue yet. "Russian Ruse" is shaping up to be the strongest arc of this series, yet!

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10
James Bond: Origin #9

May 7, 2019

This was a tense, action-filled issue that would make one hell of a storyboard for a Young James Bond movie.

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10
James Bond: Origin #10

Jun 11, 2019

This was a fantastic issue that brilliantly ties back into the book's first few months and sets an exciting new arc in motion.

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10
James Bond: Origin #11

Jul 8, 2019

In what may be the series' best issue yet, Bond fans get to see the young spy learn a new talent that will prove crucial in his future adventures.

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9.0
James Bond: Origin #12

Aug 13, 2019

"The Debt" closes with a few more dark turns in this exciting and action-packed issue that brings Bond ever closer to Fleming's original spy. If anyone's listening, I'll take a 1942 series now, please and thank you.

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7.5
Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica #1

Apr 24, 2019

While this isn't the "throwdown" promised by the front cover, this is a really fun first issue that has me interested to see how the two universes will collide.

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5.0
Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica #2

Jun 4, 2019

This is a fine catch-up for folks who missed the original 'Jughead: The Hunger' miniseries. However, much like last issue, it doesn't feel much like the titular battle is a priority.

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9.0
Killer Groove #1

May 14, 2019

Killer Groove #1 sets up some cool plot threads in an interesting setting. Pick this one up if you're a fan of early Robert Rodriguez or are looking for something a little off the beaten path.

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10
Killmonger (2018) #1

Dec 4, 2018

This brilliant first issue is as unflinching and brutal as its lead character. Comic book and film fans alike need to pick this one up.

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10
Knights Temporal #1

Jul 18, 2019

This is a gorgeously illustrated comic with some really fun ideas and new twists on classic fantasy elements.

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9.5
Man and Superman #1

Feb 6, 2019

This is my personal favorite standalone Superman story I've read in quite some time. Pick this one up to see one of the industry's best writers firing on all cylinders - and to hopefully encourage DC to take more chances with unpublished works!

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8.5
Manor Black #1

Jul 30, 2019

Fans of modern gothic tales like Dark Shadows or the works of Shirley Jackson will find a lot to love in Manor Black.

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9.0
Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1

Nov 30, 2018

With a light, fun tone and a keen understanding of what makes teenage Peter Parker so lovable, the start to this all-ages series is in the friendly neighborhood of perfection!

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9.5
Punk Mambo #1

Feb 28, 2019

'Punk Mambo' is off to an exhilarating, stylish start. Highly recommended for fans of the character and the uninitiated alike.

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9.0
Punk Mambo #2

May 28, 2019

True to her name, Punk Mambo doesn't follow the rules in this second issue. Because of that, this series continues to be a lot of fun.

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9.0
Punk Mambo #3

Jun 25, 2019

This was a more somber and dread-filled issue than previous installments, introducing a villain who represents the perfect opposite of Punk's ideals.

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9.0
Punk Mambo #5

Aug 13, 2019

This miniseries has been an absolute delight. At nearly every step of the way, Punk Mambo has been as darkly sarcastic and occasionally disgusting as its title character and has succeeded in taking recognizable tropes of urban fantasy and turning them on their heads, bringing forth new horrors and fun character beats. I hope this isn't the last time Punk Mambo headlines her own book.

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5.0
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1

May 7, 2019

This first issue has a few cute moments for fans of the characters, courtesy of Chu's snappy dialogue, but not much else to hang onto.

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6.0
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #2

Jun 18, 2019

While better than the previous issue, at least half of the title characters still don't quite feel like themselves. Still, it's a fun enough story to be worth a read for fans of the characters and talent involved.

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9.5
Red Sonja (2019) #1

Feb 4, 2019

This issue delivers precisely what fans want from a Red Sonja story, told with a singular voice and tone that is a welcome departure from the usual sword and sorcery formula.

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8.5
Red Sonja (2019) #2

Mar 5, 2019

Come for the sword fights, stay for the acerbic political commentary. This was another solid issue of the new 'Red Sonja' run.

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10
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019) #1

Mar 26, 2019

Fans of Sabrina will be ecstatic to see their favorite witch in a new series that does her justice.

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9.5
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019) #2

May 15, 2019

This miniseries continues to be light, magical, and perfectly relatable. Two issues in, the latest incarnation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is an absolute winner.

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9.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019) #3

Jun 18, 2019

This fun, flirty, and beautifully-drawn issue continues what has been, in many ways, the ideal Sabrina miniseries.

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9.0
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019) #5

Sep 10, 2019

Equal parts action-packed and sweet, this is a fantastic close to this chapter of Sabrina's story! MORE, PLEASE.

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9.0
Smooth Criminals #1

Nov 20, 2018

This first issue takes some familiar ideas and makes them new again, thanks to a relatable lead character.

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10
Snow, Glass, Apples #1

Aug 6, 2019

'Snow, Glass, Apples' is the ideal adaptation, as it both respects and enriches its source material.

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7.0
Star Pig #1

Jul 24, 2019

This is a fun first issue teeming with fantastic art and snappy dialogue. It's hard not to want your own giant tardigrade after reading it.

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9.5
Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108

May 29, 2019

This one-shot is an exciting and action-packed romp through a version of the Star Wars galaxy that I never thought we'd see again. For even the most cynical of fans, it is well worth a read.

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9.5
Sword Master (2019) #1

Jul 23, 2019

Sword Master #1 is a hyperkinetic thrill that will appeal to fans of sword and sorcery and good old fashioned adventure.

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10
The Six Million Dollar Man (2019) #1

Mar 5, 2019

This was my favorite comic book that I read this week. Fans of the original show should definitely give this a try. Or, you know, people who like happiness in general.

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9.5
The Six Million Dollar Man (2019) #2

Apr 2, 2019

It's really hard to find fault with a book that is this much unabashed fun. Do yourself a favor and give this series a try.

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8.5
The Six Million Dollar Man (2019) #3

Apr 30, 2019

The Six Million Dollar Man continues to be action-packed, unabashedly silly, and occasionally very sweet. You've gotta catch up on this series.

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9.0
The Six Million Dollar Man (2019) #4

Jun 5, 2019

This issue gives a few more layers to the motivations and moral dilemmas of our characters and the final hilarious page sets the stage for one heck of a final issue!

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9.0
The Six Million Dollar Man (2019) #5

Jul 9, 2019

This final issue was a fun dash to the finish line that will leave you hungry for the further adventures of Steve and Niko.

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7.0
Turok (2019) #1

Jan 8, 2019

This is a fun fresh start for fans like me who grew up digging Turok but have dropped him in recent years. Even readers who are unfamiliar with the character will likely have a good time with this issue.

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8.0
Vampirella (2019) #1

Jul 16, 2019

Vampirella's new #1 is an unexpectedly dark and trippy ride that's worth checking out for fans and newcomers alike.

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8.0
Vampirella (2019) #2

Aug 19, 2019

Full of gore and pathos, this issue continues the fascinating deconstruction of everyone's favorite bombshell space vampire.

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6.5
Vampirella vs. Reanimator #1

Dec 11, 2018

The tone is just right for a story that brings these two very different characters together. Hopefully, the storytelling will be more substantial in the issues to come.

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10
Vampirella/Red Sonja (2019) #1

Sep 3, 2019

As a standalone historial mystery, this miniseries is off to a great start. As a new chapter in the backstories of our two heroines, it's indispensable. I can't wait to see what's next!

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5.5
Wolverine Vs. Blade Special #1

Jul 10, 2019

While the action is great, it's not the showdown promised in the title or the cover. More than that, the characters in this book just don't feel quite like the two badasses we know and love, leaving the whole issue feeling very middling.

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